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The Queensland government has moved to stop dredge spoil from a north Queensland coal terminal being dumped on wetlands or at sea as previously proposed.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Wednesday a new agreement between the government and major proponents Adani and GVK over the dumping of dredge spoil from the Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion.

Ms Palaszczuk says the agreement will see spoil dumped on land, known as T2, next to the existing terminal – not on the Caley Valley wetlands or within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The previous state government was criticised for both the wetlands and reef proposals.

“We will withdraw the applications and present a new application centred on the T2 site,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“T2 is the only remaining unallocated industrial land at the Port and the only responsible way to proceed with the Abbot Point development to ensure it is ready for future exports from the Galilee Basin.”

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham says capital dredging costs will not be taxpayer-funded.

“We will ensure that approvals costs will be met by Galilee Basin proponents, with capital dredging costs to be paid for by the proponents to the Galilee Basin projects,” Dr Lynham said.